Campers will learn their way around the kitchen as our Chef Omar lead them in their daily cooking projects. From measuring and mixing, to blending of spices and seasonings, our campers will create amazing food from scratch.
This summer, we will be offering 3 themed Jr. Chef weeks:
- Baking Week
- Chocolate Week
- International Week
We will guide our campers through the process of prepping, kitchen safety, the pairing of foods and flavors, and of course…doing the dishes.
Join us for this fun cooking experience and bring home your own their own recipe book and more.
Jr. Chef Camp is open to campers entering grades 3-8.
Baking Week: June 17 – 22
Chocolate Week: July 8 – 12
International Week: July 22 – 26
ABOUT CHEF OMAR
Chef Omar attended Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena in 2003. While attending culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu, he also worked night and weekends at the historic Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. In 2004, he graduated with honors from Le Cordon Bleu, and was invited to cook at the Governor’s Ball. Chef Omar started his externship with a Summer Art Camp as a Chef Instructor. He found working with children to be very rewarding.
Following his externship as a Chef Instructor, He started working for a catering company based out of Pasadena, A2Z Gourmet Catering and Cooking Academy. He quickly moved up to sous chef and leading chef for many high-end events. A2Z started to focus more on cooking classes. Therefore, due to his passion for fine dining, his time at A2Z Catering came to an end. He then started working at Roy’s in Woodland Hills as a line cook, but later found it wasn’t as rewarding as teaching.
Chef Omar found a way to combine his rewarding career and passion for food together. Since teaching cooking classes in the summer, he found a way to work fine dinning the rest of the year. After his fourth year as a chef instructor, he began work at Asia de Cuba on the Sunset strip. At Asia de Cuba, he was the Garde Manger/Sushi chef. All while also being the Executive Chef Instructor at the Cooking Camp.
In 2013, Chef Omar wanted to focus more on health, so he enrolled in the School of Integrative Nutrition and became a certified health coach. That’s when he decided to leave fine dining and focus more on teaching as a full-time career he enjoys. Teaching healthy meals to adults and after-school enrichment cooking classes to children and teenagers, and now proudly teaching at Jr. Chef Camp in Tarzana. 2019 marks Chef Omar’s 15th year as a chef instructor.